[Ads-l] Copasetic notes

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Mar 12 00:17:15 EST 2017

On Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 5:57 AM, Stephen Goranson <goranson at duke.edu> wrote:

> McKay tries, and almost succeeds, in making his talent a white
> talent--white as leprosy is white.

Thanks, Stephen! So, the term is being used in some sense other than in the
sense of "pass physically for a white person," there being no possibility
of his doing that.

"But it is inevitable … and natural, I suppose, that the worse should prove
more infectious than the better."

Word up!
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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